I love the idea behind these “Class of ’88” beers. A bunch of breweries who were all founded in 1988 have gotten together to created a commemorative recipe. They then go to their respective brewery and brew said recipe. The result being the beer I’m here to review.
Tag Archives: Barleywine
I decided to save the biggest FiftyFifty beer for last, probably not the best idea, but whatever. When I ordered the Barleywine I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they also had a brandy barrel aged version on tap, and as we all know you always go with the barrel aged version.
Here is a beer that I’ve been sitting on since April of last year. Which I think may have been a good thing.
A few weeks back I ventured over to Paramount Ranch for the Topanga Canyon Banjo & Fiddle Contest. The sun was shining, the music was pumping, and the beer was flowing. After several hours of country, bluegrass, roots, western, and traditional music I felt the perfect way to end the day was to swing by Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie for some dinner and drinks. There cask beer was a barrel-aged version of their Barleywine that I knew I must have.
KENTUCKY BLUE is an American Barleywine with a 10.5% ABV.
The Barleywine is a style that I don’t drink that often and it’s not because I don’t enjoy them. It just seems that: 1. They’re not that common. 2. They’re usually seasonal. and 3. They’re big and not great for sessions (or beer events where I find myself drinking all day). With that being said, my fourth beer of the day was their 77th ANNIVERSARY ALE.
77th Anniversary Ale is an American Barleywine with a, small for the style, 7.7% ABV.
Hog Heaven is a dry-hopped Barleywine from Avery Brewing Company. This pig…I mean big beer has 104 IBUs, a 9.2% ABV is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles and on tap.